City Attorney

Exempt | Location: Civic Center

Annual Salary

$53,745.00 - $78,571.00

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job description

Salary Range: $53,745 - $78,571


About Us
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office is one of the nation's largest municipal law offices. With over 1,000 legal professionals, including 500 attorneys, the Office provides the City with the highest caliber of legal services, ranging from prosecuting criminal misdemeanors and playing a leading role in criminal justice reform, advising on homelessness initiatives, defending civil lawsuits and claims, and bringing civil enforcement actions in the name of the People of the State of California.
Guided by an overarching commitment to integrity, accountability and transparency, we find great meaning in the work we do and the services we provide.

Duties and Responsibilities
This position serves as secretary to attorneys or administrators performing a full range of secretarial duties, including taking and transcribing dictation, taking minutes of meetings, typing and proofreading; maintaining databases, filing systems and appointment calendars; answering inquiries from the public or employees of other agencies over the telephone or in person; and ordering office supplies. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain the status of cases being handled; have knowledge of legal and administrative procedures, and sources of information. In addition, this position will assist with the general office workload and will learn all of the functions of the office and complete other duties as assigned. In addition to these general duties, additional assignment specific responsibilities may apply.

All applicants are required to meet the following qualifications:
• Applicants are required to pass a spelling test with no more than five (5) errors;**
• Applicants are required to pass a letter composition exercise;**
• At least one year performing clerical or secretarial duties is required;
• Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Word and have knowledge of legal procedures and terminology;
• This position requires a fast and accurate typist who pays close attention to detail, is able to work under pressure with minimal supervision, and can performing a team environment;
• Reliable attendance and punctuality are mandatory; and
• Applicants must be able to lift boxes (up to 25 lbs).

Desired Qualifications
• Knowledge of state and federal court rules, litigation document preparation under the California Court system’s filing requirement and procedures including electronic filings.

Benefits Offered

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Plan (LACERS)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457(b))
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off 
    • 13 Yearly Holidays
    • Vacation
    • Personal Leave
    • Floating Holidays
    • Sick Leave
    • Bereavement Leave

Career Path
This position is eligible to automatically promote to Legal Secretary II ($58,777 - $85,942) after 2 years of satisfactory performance. See MOU 3 for details.

This position may qualify for up to 3 days of telework per week.

Current Location
Position is subject to assignment at any location within the County of Los Angeles.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID -19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at:

Appointment to this exempt position (non-Civil-Service) will be subject to a one (1) Year probationary period as required by Section 1050 of the City Charter. Successful completion of the one (1) year probationary period will result in tenure with the office.

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How to apply

Application and Deadline
Interested candidates are required to submit the following documents in one (1) merged PDF file: resume and cover letter specifying LEGAL SECRETARY I – Various Sections #802 to

**Applicants will be contacted and scheduled to complete the letter composition exercise and spelling portions of the Legal Secretary test.
Selected applicants will be contacted to interview. Testing will remain ongoing as positions become available. This position will remain open until filled.